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Preview: VisionTV’s The Big Downsize is an emotional journey on the road to decluttering

Tidying up and decluttering isn’t a new thing—especially once spring arrives—and it’s reached new heights of awareness thanks to Marie Kondo and her Netflix series. I admit, I’ve used Kondo’s tip for folding t-shirts and it’s totally reorganized my dresser. But where it’s easy for me to clean up and get rid of my own stuff, the thought of doing it for someone else gives me the sweats and heart palpitations.

That’s where professional downsizer Jane Veldhoven comes in.

Premiering Monday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VisionTV, The Big Downsize follows Veldhoven as she helps two Canadian families as they seek to declutter, clean up and ship out.

For the MacNeil family, that involves going through 50 years of accumulated things and memories in their childhood home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. With their mother passed away and their father living with one of his children, four of the five siblings have convened with thoughts of selling the family home. But to do that means a major cleanup.

It’s a daunting task, and not all of the MacNeil kids agree on how items should be divvied up. Throw in busy lives and nerves get jangled.

Meanwhile, Pam and Scott are on a different path. The Halifax couple is dissolving their marriage of over 20 years. The pair have a monumental task ahead: emptying a house full of items that were tied to them as a couple. Health issues have plagued Pam, adding another layer of stress to an already emotional situation. Things like key pieces of furniture are fairly easy to divide, but what about photos, clothing and the toys their son played with and, now, their grandkids?

“Even though downsizing seems like it’s just about getting rid of stuff, the stuff is usually a symbol of emotional chaos, something that’s happened in somebody’s life,” Veldhoven says during Episode 1. “In the end, that’s what we see physically but it doesn’t have a lot to do with that. People keep stuff for 20 different reasons.”

What sets the five episodes of The Big Downsize apart from other tidying-up television series or segments are the stories. This isn’t just about holding up a cracked old toy to the camera and wondering why it was kept. Tell Tale Productions, who previously made Growing Sense for AMI-tv, delves into the stories of these two families. The result is an emotional journey of togetherness, laughter, memories, tears and, ultimately, letting go.

The Big Downsize airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VisionTV.

Images courtesy of VisionTV.


Montreal doctor offers medical advice in VisionTV’s Ask Dr. Zach

From a media release:

Montreal-based Dr. Zachary Levine will offer his sound, trusted, and practical medical advice in a new half-hour show on VisionTV from Executive Producer Moses Znaimer called ASK DR ZACH, starting this Friday at 3 and 3:30pm ET.

No question for Dr. Zach is too small. He’s seen it all as an ER Doctor at Montreal General Hospital where he deals with trauma and life-threatening situations every day.

In ASK DR ZACH, which was shot live before a studio audience at The ZoomerPlex in Liberty Village, Dr. Zach treats patients’ specific conditions one-on-one – from arthritis to heart health – and then opens the floor to audience questions about their own health issues.

Friday, April 8
‘Mental Health/Spine’: Post traumatic stress disorder and depression has 44-year-old Lori visiting with Dr. Zach. He gives Lori a very positive prognosis about a disease that will not control or define her. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Internet/Misdiagnosis’: Under anesthetic for an additional 8 hours has 72-year-old Glena concerned about her well being. Dr. Zach examines the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit and suggests some helpful tips when undergoing surgery. 3:30pm ET/ 12:30pm PT.

Friday, April 15
‘Arthritis/Eyes’: Dr. Zach helps one patient with arthritis related to thumb inflexibility. Another patient receives advice about how to treat dry eyes. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Arthritis/Back Pain’: Unable to walk because of arthritis in her knees, 57-year-old Christine sits down with Dr. Zach for some invaluable medical advice to improve her mobility issues. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, April 22
‘Blood Pressure/Repiratory’: Low blood pressure which caused a stroke 25 years ago for 81-year-old Beryl, has her asking Dr. Zach about the several prescribed medications she’s taking. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Stroke/Seizures’: Numerous strokes has 77-year-old Keiko dealing with numerous health-related issues including memory loss. Dr. Zach explains how to control your risk factors of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar after experiencing a stroke. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, April 29
‘Cataracts/Respiratory’: An ongoing chronic cough has Bodhanna very upset with the medical society, as she is concerned that nothing has been done to help her identify her respiratory problem. Dr. Zach’s prognosis outlines the gastric acid reflux possibility and finding the right doctor who will listen to her. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Mental Health/Blood Pressure’: Kendra suffers from post partum and claims that meds don’t help her. Constantly tired and frustrated, she visits with Dr. Zach for suggestions on how to improve her mood. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, May 6
‘Skin/Seasonal Disorder’: A flakey, ongoing embarrassment known as Psoriasis for Spencer has been effecting his life for years. Watch as Dr. Zach gives his prognosis and helps Spencer deal with his seven-year-itch. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Cancer/Osteoporosis’: After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37, young mother Sarah asks Dr. Zach about her well being either years later – and how to deal with the prescription drugs, surgery and chemotherapy today. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, May 13
‘Eyes/Arthritis’: Dr. Zach makes everyday living a little easier for Majda by resolving dry eyes with some helpful handy tips anyone can do around the home. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Back Pain/Mental Health’: Back pain returns with a vengeance for Yashy, a young mother concerned about her future with her young children. Dr. Zach offers some suggestions to help rid her of back pain. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, May 20
‘Spine/Irregular Heartbeat’: Chronic back pain limits quality of life for Mel, as she is immobilized with a cracked vertebrae. Dr. Zach explains a clear diagnosis that includes exercise to help get his strength and flexibility back. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Abdominal Pain/Heart Attack’: Ten years of abdominal pain has Christopher asking Dr. Zach about what brings it on. Dr. Zach offers his prognosis. 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT.

Friday, May 27
‘Cancer/Abdominal Pain’: Having skin cancer fives times is a major concern for Elizabeth, as she worries that it can be hereditary for both her and her daughter. Dr. Zach explains why its best for her to stay out of the sun. 3pm ET/Noon PT.

‘Internet/Misdiagnosis’: Under anesthetic for an additional 8 hours has 72-year-old Glena concerned about her well being. Dr. Zach examines the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit and suggests some helpful tips when undergoing surgery. 3:30pm ET/ 12:30pm PT.